Ernie Wheelwright Scouting Report
|School:||Minnesota Golden Gophers|
|Height & Weight:||6'5 - 215 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Ernie Wheelwright, WR, Minnesota
Ernie Wheelwright has had a somewhat disappointing career at Minnesota. He burst onto the scene unexpectedly in 2004 as a freshman, catching 30 passes for 654 yards and 7 TDs. These are good numbers for a Gopher receiver during the Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney days. Production, however, never escalated as Minnesota thought it might. He finished 2007 with 66 catches for 775 yards and 9 TDs. These aren't bad numbers, but far less than expected from Wheelwright. His career totals are respectable, with 159 catches for 2434 yards and 26 TDs in 49 career games. Wheelwright has a huge frame at 6'5" and soft hands. Unfortunately, he doesn't run the sharpest routes and will occasionally quit on his route altogether. Wheelwright doesn't have very good speed for a wide receiver, not even one of his size. He is rumored to run in the 5.0 range in the 40 yard dash. Because of his size, Wheelwright will get some looks in the late rounds of the draft. His best bet may be to bulk up and move to tight end. If he improved his blocking and became stronger, his lack of speed wouldn't be as significant at the TE position. Ernie Wheelwright played for the West team in the 2008 Hula Bowl. Official stats were not kept for the game, but Wheelwright impressed during practices. According to reports from ESPN, Wheelwright surprised his coaches with his speed. His size gave corners fits during practice and he reportedly caught the ball very well. If Wheelwright can preform like this for scouts in upcoming weeks, he could climb into the fifth or sixth round. Ernie Wheelwright looked good during Minnesota's pro day workouts. The big receiver ran a very respectable 4.5 second 40 yard dash and impressed scouts with his 36 inch vertical leap. Wheelwright is still a late round prospect, but could easily develop into a good possession receiver and red zone option.
Last Updated Apr-02-2008 by Randall Weida
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